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January 31, 2009
Re "Power in the union," Opinion, Jan. 26 Robert B. Reich writes of unions as potential saviors for our current economic downturn. At 64, I am old enough to remember growing up in Fairless Hills, Penn., a town constructed by U.S. Steel in the early 1950s to house workers for a new steel plant near Philadelphia. The Steelworkers Union then obtained great benefits for its members. A menial job at "the mill" for a high school graduate paid double what my father, a high school teacher, earned.
November 20, 1990 | HARRY BERNSTEIN
Union strength in the workplace has dwindled, but, not satisfied with that, many Republicans are now pressing for legislation to weaken labor's still impressive strength in the political arena. The goal is to blunt the increasingly sharp political tools that unions use to get their nearly 20 million members to vote for labor-endorsed candidates, most of whom are Democrats.
July 31, 1994
Regarding "Can He Do Side-Splitting Action?," David Kronke's interview with writer-director James Cameron (July 17): The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employes, representing more than 24,000 members in Southern California who are engaged in the "below-the- line" crafts on motion picture productions, deeply resents James Cameron's statement to The Times. Quoting from your story: "They really stuck it to us," he says of the unions. "But I'm not gonna be stuck twice.
February 26, 2003 | From Bloomberg News
U.S. labor unions are losing members faster than they can recruit new ones as membership declined by 280,000 employees in 2002 to 16.1 million, the Labor Department said. Last year 13.2% of U.S. workers belonged to a union, a decline from 13.4% in 2001 and 20.1% in 1983, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
August 11, 1991
I enjoyed Samuel G. Freedman's review of Stephen Fraser's "Labor Will Rule" (July 21), except for the first two paragraphs in which he seems anxious to portray present-day unions in a negative light. These opening remarks by a reviewer of great writing skills and stature in literary circles puts him in a class of thinkers who are, seemingly, eager to see the unions die and to write their obituary. It was my good fortune to have worked closely with union leaders in our Southern California urban megalopolis for 34 years--1937-1971--including the leaders of the Sidney Hillman Labor Center in Los Angeles.
July 10, 2012 | By Alana Semuels
The Democrats are holding their convention in a right-to-work state, and Republicans are promoting the efforts of governors across the country to scale back collective bargaining rights of public employee unions. So what's a union member to do to show disapproval with both parties? Attend a rally before both conventions in Philadelphia, apparently. Unions will hold a Workers Stand for America rally on Aug. 11 in Philadelphia in an effort to draw attention to labor issues before both conventions.
September 23, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- Advocates trying to place initiatives on California's ballot may face new requirements under a bill approved by the Legislature this month. The measure, AB 857 by Assemblyman Paul Fong (D-Cupertino), would require 10% of petition signatures to be gathered by volunteers instead of paid workers. However, critics say the bill would unfairly empower unions - their members would be counted as volunteers even if they're on labor's payroll. Phil Ung of California Common Cause said the measure would do little to remove the influence of big money on the initiative process while giving an unfair advantage to unions.
December 17, 2000 | From Associated Press
Chinese police detained a man who had been organizing factory workers' efforts to form an independent union, sending him to a psychiatric hospital, a human rights group said Saturday. Electrician Cao Maobing was committed Friday to Yancheng city's No. 4 Psychiatric Hospital, said the Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy. Cao had been leading unionization efforts by 300 workers at a state-owned silk factory in the eastern province of Jiangsu.
March 14, 1988 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, Times Labor Writer
Five well-known Hollywood performers have accepted featured roles in a major television and radio advertising campaign extolling the virtues of unions, AFL-CIO officials disclosed in weekend interviews. Commercials with Jack Lemmon, Tyne Daly, Martin Sheen, Howard Hesseman and Dionne Warwick will be filmed in Hollywood in mid-April and will begin airing on May 11, according to Larry Kirkman, executive director of the Labor Institute of Public Affairs, the AFL-CIO's television unit.
June 21, 2012 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court dealt a defeat Thursday to public employee unions in a case from California, ruling that unions must win approval in advance from dissenting members before they collect extra dues in mid-year to pay for a political campaign. The dispute turned on a relatively small amount of money, but one that involved an important principle of the 1stAmendment. The case also carried echoes of the recent fights in Wisconsin and other states over limiting the power of public employee unions.
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